A Campsite Engagement Session with Stellie and James

We love being outdoors. And when we find couples that love nature as much as we do, it really is a match made in heaven. We headed outdoors to meet Stellie and James for their engagement session, and were thrilled when they suggested we meet them directly at their campsite. Having met in medical school, the two are planning a 2020 wedding in Banff. But, for their super cute engagement sessions, we used their campsite at Lake Tahoe’s Fallen Leaf Lake to create the perfect laidback, outdorsy backdrop we all wanted.

Living and working in San Francisco, Stellie and James get outdoors as much as they can to escape the hustle and bustle of big city life. Truly the ultimate weekend warriors, everything about them is super rad. We connected immediately over our shared love for bikes, travel, and everything else that falls under the umbrella of outdoor adventuring.

It was instantly clear how much the couple loves being outdoors because they were so relaxed during the engagement session - from start to finish. Not only were we able to get the cutest photos of the two relaxing in their tent, but the lake cooperated perfectly to create super cool reflections of the still snow-capped mountains.

Incredibly fun and obviously in love, our time spent with Stellie and James was enjoyable to say the least. And, to make things even more perfect, Stellie was kind enough to text us after previewing the shots to tell us how much she loved the shots, which totally made our day!

Two Locations, Two Texas Transplants: An Epic Engagement Session with Perri and Tyler

We met Perri and Tyler at one of our new favorite spots to start their engagement session. Still snowy, the bright white made a perfect backdrop for Perri’s stunning green velvet gown, the perfect formal choice for a winter shoot. The snow was still deep in quite a few places, making it impossible to avoid sinking in every now and then (we’re used to it by now).

Thankfully, Perri and Tyler were up for the adventure.

The couple, who are planning to move from Texas to California later this year, are getting married in 2020. (We’ll be shooting their wedding, too and we can not even begin to tell you how excited we are about it!) Fun, outdoorsy, and wonderfully outgoing, the two come to Tahoe whenever they have the chance so that they can enjoy all of the awesome outdoor activities Tahoe has to offer, like skiing and snowboarding this time of year.

Serious travelers as they are, the couple has journeyed together to Paris, Jerusalem, and Italy - just to name a few. In Tahoe, however, their favorite spot is Sand Harbor, which is why we headed there for our second location. Perri and Tyler switched into more casual clothes, creating two distinct looks for their engagement shoot.

We absolutely loved having both locations completely to ourselves, which made the entire afternoon and evening super peaceful and relaxing. At Sand Harbor, we simply walked in a big loop so that we got to go across the beach as the sun set. And what a sunset it was! The water on the beach was so still, it acted like a big, beautiful mirror for that famous warm Tahoe sunset.

One of our favorite parts about the shoot (besides getting to hang out with these two) was the incredible engagement ring the they made. It was crafted by reusing all of the stones passed through her family, making it as stunning as it was sentimental.

We can not wait for 2020 to come around!

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A (Almost Cancelled) Dreamy Winter Engagement Session with Ryan and Nina

If bright blue skies set against a wintry backdrop of white snow isn’t enough to make you fall in love, Ryan and Nina absolutely will. We met this sweet couple in February to take their engagement photos on the trails in South Lake Tahoe, but we almost had to cancel because of all of the (massive amounts) snow! Thankfully, as the sun started to peek out, we decided it was worth it to brave the snow - and Ryan and Nina agreed!

The couple, who met six years ago on a company softball team, got engaged at Lover’s Point in Pacific Grove near Monterey, California. Planning an outdoor fall wedding, the couple is (thankfully) adventurous, which means they didn’t hesitate to trek out into the deep snow with us in order to capture some seriously gorgeous shots.

Although we all fell deep into the snow at some point or another (sometimes all the way up to our hips!), we knew that since this was just a mini session (only 30 minutes) we were all going to be okay.

The couple dressed perfectly for the day - his bright shirt popping against the fresh snow and her gorgeous skirt (which she made herself!) being the perfect amount of statement-making formal you want for such a special occasion. Even Ryan and Nina’s dog joined in on the action (and wore the cutest red doggie sweater).

We loved meeting this fun couple and are so glad they were up for a snowy hike!

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Our Coldest Shoot Yet: Nick + Chelsea’s Stunning Engagement Session in Lake Tahoe

Is it summer yet?

Yes, we love Lake Tahoe and being outdoors in every type of weather, but this winter has seemed especially long - and cold.

We met Nick and Chelsea in Lake Tahoe the night before our session so that we could get to know them better. (It’s so nice when we are able to do that! We actually hit it off so well with the two that pizza and drinks turned into several hours of conversation!) Having already rescheduled once due to a crazy winter storm that made driving even a bit too adventurous for us, we were determined to make this engagement shoot happen - even though another storm just rolled through.

Looking at the stunning pictures we took of Nick and Chelsea (especially her absolutely gorgeous red dress), you would never guess how freezing it was. In fact, we think it was probably our coldest shoot yet. Thankfully, Tahoe looks beautiful at any temperature - the blue skies almost always like to show off.

Despite the bone-chilling winds, we made the session fun, asking Nick to serve as a sort of wind-shield for Chelsea, who was so brave (and determined) to wear her dress! When snuggling was no longer doing the trick of keeping them both warm, the couple headed back to their cars in order to change into some warmer clothes.

And, speaking of warmer clothes, we can’t wait to put on ours to photograph their wedding this May! Hooray for winter finally coming to an end!